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Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Former Representative for Michigan’s 13th District

pronounced jon // KON-yerz

Conyers was the representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2017.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1992.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

On December 5, 2017, Conyers resigned from office at the start of an investigation for sexual harassment, age discrimination, and improper use of official resources for personal purposes.

Nov. 21, 2017 House Committee on Ethics opened an investigation
Dec. 5, 2017 Conyers resigned from office.

In 2017 Conyers was investigated for compensating staff for work in 2016 not commensurate with pay with House of Representatives funds. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

May. 11, 2017 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Jun. 26, 2017 House Committee on Ethics decided to extend the matter
Aug. 9, 2017 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Conyers's response.
Dec. 5, 2017 Conyers resigned from office.
Photo of Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Conyers is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Conyers has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Conyers was the primary sponsor of 32 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Conyers sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Finance and Financial Sector (19%) Labor and Employment (16%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (14%) Health (13%) Agriculture and Food (6%) Law (6%) Environmental Protection (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Conyers’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Conyers’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 342/85.
Yea H.R. 308: Keep the Promise Act of 2015
Nov 16, 2015. Failed 263/146.
Yea S. 1356: A bill to clarify that certain provisions of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 will ...
Nov 5, 2015. Passed 370/58.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.J.Res. 117 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013
Sep 13, 2012. Passed 329/91.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Dec 2017, Conyers missed 4,922 of 29,131 roll call votes, which is 16.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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